This really is a spacious accommodation on the warm west side of Hawaii Island. The rooms are bright and airy with a large lanai for dining or relaxing. It is well equipped for as much or as little food preparation as you like. The location is great for exploring the island or spending time at the many beaches along the coast north of Kailua. Caryl and John are friendly helpful hosts who provide a well organized, comfortable base for a visit to Hawaii Island. We look forward to making a return visit.
Caryl is a great host. I had a relaxing stay at her place. It was an exceptional value and is most convenient to the Kona Airport.
It is very easy to give Spacious Retreat a five star rating! Caryl was very helpful providing many emails outlining places to see, car rentals, beaches and restaurants. She is the best travel agent to help us to date! Even though we arrived very late at night and she wasn't feeling well she answered my phone call when we got lost and meet us and gave us a warm welcome! The suite is perfectly sized to be cozy and yet has all the amenities you need to be right at home. The area is quiet and cool which makes sleeping delightful. The bed is excellent and the kitchen has everything to make your meals if you choose to do so. Their garden/yard is full of cactus and plants and we even saw both little green geckos and brown ones as well. Both John and Caryl made us feel more like family then renters and always had a few moments to chat and make sure all our needs were meet. The washer came in handy as I was able to get some laundry done which kept us in clean clothes! The location is perfect as you are close to everything yet far enough away to avoid traffic noise! We travelled all over the island and loved coming home every night to our cozy home away from home. They also provide coolers and ice packs so we could pack our lunch and drinks and they were kept cool while we travelled. We didn't use many of the amenities they provided but they supply beach towels, beach chairs, snokeks and fins if you wish to use them. The place was super clean, well located and wonderful hosts. We would stay here again in a heart beat and they have set the bar very high for future places we will stay. I would highly recommend Spacious Retreat as the place to stay while on the Big Island!
We had a wonderful stay here. Caryl, our host, is full of information and more than willing to help you discover local places and her favorites. Some of the places she recommended were our favorite parts of the trip. Take advantage of her knowledge of the area! The place was perfect for our stay. We had everything we needed in the kitchen (there's a little bit of everything). She often left us fresh fruit (bananas, papayas, sweet lime) which was so thoughtful! The place is safe and about 15 mins from town. The night time breeze is cool and the day isn't as humid as it is by the beach. We enjoyed our stay and enjoyed meeting Caryl!
Two days prior to our stay, we had to cancel our entire trip due to my husband's increased cardiac problems. His doctor strongly advised us to cancel. Caryl was very concerned and gave helpful advice. She was always easy to deal with and provided much info about Big Island.
Just wanting to make it clear that we did not cancel because we were unhappy with our choice. Hopefully a miracle will happen and we will get some money returned if it is re-rented.
When my husband's health improves, we will be reserving Caryl's place again.
When we booked a six night stay, we were impressed with the owner sending us numerous emails with suggestions of things to do on the Big Island. Well, that was just a hint of more to come. We've stayed in a lot of rentals and, except for the exceptionally service-oriented New Zealanders, have never experienced such accommodating hosts as Caryl and John. The apartment is lovely and has everything you could possibly need to enjoy yourself on the Kona coast. We would return in a heartbeat to this memorable location and its gracious owners. Thank you!